Last updated: 08/09/2016

The Benefit-sharing Fund in brief

FAO/J. VillamoraThe Benefit-sharing Fund invests directly in high impact projects supporting farmers in developing countries conserve crop diversity in their fields and assisting farmers and breeders globally adapt crops to our changing needs and demands.


To ensure sustainability of the efforts the Fund focuses on building the capacities of developing countries, enhancing the exchange of information and making the appropriate technology available for the conservation and sustainable use of this diversity.

This Fund seeks to accelerate the conservation and use of plant genetic resources on a global scale through technology transfer, capacity building, high-impact projects and innovative partnerships involving farmers, plant breeders, civil society and other stakeholders. The Benefit-sharing Fund prioritises projects that:

1. Accelerate on-farm management and conservation in collaboration with farmers and local communities, especially in the developing world, where a real opportunity exists for advances in crop diversity to improve nutrition and create more sustainable livelihoods.

2. Increase food security, especially for local communities in the developing world that stand to suffer most from the inevitable effects of climate change. The Fund can and must help keep farmers ahead of the climate change curve, working now to produce seeds that will be adapted to thrive in much harsher conditions in the future.

3. Represent innovative partnerships between research centres, farmers, civil society, and public/private sector leaders at all levels. The urgency of the situation and enormity of the challenge facing our world today requires coordinated effort across disciplines and with other relevant funding mechanisms. It requires leaders who share the Treaty’s passion for achieving equity and food security for all on a greatly accelerated basis as the world is changing faster than seeds can adapt in nature.

4. Have the potential to be scaled up across agro-ecological zones, ensuring maximum positive impact and best use of current scientific data.